Our worship gathering was canceled last Sunday due to inclement weather. Here is the sermon I was planning on preaching before God in his providence changed those plans! I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we jump back into our study of Hebrews. - MCA
As a community with people from different spiritual backgrounds, there are no doubt a number of different conceptions about the Holy Spirit in this room. In the same way that many people see President Bush as either the Anti-Christ or Jesus reincarnate, so also many of the different groups within the church have views of the Holy Spirit that sit on opposite ends of the spectrum. Some churches have elevated the Holy Spirit to such a high place that one wonders if Jesus really matters as long as you have the Spirit – we’re not that church. Other churches, often in reaction to churches that overemphasize the role and work of the Spirit, have swung the pendulum the other way and practically ignored the person and work of the Holy Spirit – and quite honestly, we might be that kind of church. Big God, Big Jesus, little Spirit – not quite sure what to do with him. Well, let’s see if we can take some steps this morning to giving him the attention and honor he deserves. During the week, I started to write down all the questions I could come up with about the Holy Spirit and found there was absolutely no way that we could possibly begin to answer all of our questions. So if there’s a question that comes up in your mind and doesn’t get answered this morning, then look for people and resources who can help you find what the Bible says about the Spirit.
Let’s get some basics out of the way. First of all, the Holy Spirit is God, just as much as the Father and the Son. He is equal to them in power and the glory that is his and should be given to him by his creation. The second thing we need to know about the Spirit sounds like a contradiction. Listen to this: even though the Spirit is 100% God, he does his thing by being sent out by the Father and Son. Just as the Father sent the Son to live and to die, we read here in John 16 that Jesus (along with the Father) sent the Spirit to both comfort and help us. Look at verse 7 and stick this in your lunchbox – according to Jesus’ words, the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life and your life is more profitable to us than if Jesus was sitting here with us. Let me rewind the tape so you can hear that again – “according to Jesus, the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life and your life is more profitable than if Jesus was sitting next to you.” Let’s figure out how that can be true…
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